'You have legitimate concerns about the further underperformance and
deterioration of shareholder value.'
ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, thousands of Taft-Hartley and union health benefit and pension fund trustees and administrators are in Anaheim, California, for the annual International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans conference. The conference is considered a premier marketing opportunity for health and investment management vendors-- Rite Aid Health Solutions will be there along with Caremark, Medco and other PBMs competing for billions of dollars in union business.
While Rite Aid Health Solutions, the company's pharmacy benefit management unit, is looking to organized labor to expand business and help the company compete in the burgeoning mail order pharmaceutical sector, labor unions have big concerns. They expressed those concerns in the following letter that was sent to industry analysts across the USA and in Canada.
Here is the letter:
November 5. 2007
RE: Rite Aid Update
To All Interested Parties:
In recent months, followers of Rite Aid's stock have watched its price reach lows for the year. While many analysts had anticipated the difficulties of the Eckerd/Brooks integration, most did not expect Rite Aid management would choose to exacerbate integration problems by escalating a fight with its unionized workforce.
At present, approximately 25,000 Rite Aid pharmacists, technicians, front- end, and warehouse workers have union representation. These unions - the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters - collectively represent over 5 million U.S. workers.
Rite Aid Health Solutions, the company's pharmacy benefit management
unit, is looking to organized labor to expand business and help the company
compete in the burgeoning mail order pharmaceut
|SOURCE 1199SEIU; UFCW; ILWU|
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